Thursday, May 20, 2010

Manny Pacquiao Dethroned in Yahoo Sports Pound For Pound Rankings | May 2010

Manny Pacquiao's fans were in heat these days because of the dethronement in the Yahoo Pound 4 Pound Rankings in May 2010 issue of Yahoo Sports by undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This was reported by Yahoo! Sports boxing writer Kevin Iole.

He wrote in his latest article: “When 20 of 33 boxing writers voted for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and not Manny Pacquiao as No. 1 in the May Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings, it created quite a firestorm among Pacquiao supporters.” Iole said that Pacquiao fans questioned the change in Yahoo! Sports’ pound-for-pound hierarchy while others brought up the issue of racism. “Cries of racism abounded. Many questioned the validity of the panel, though their logic is somewhat lost given that Pacquiao held the top spot even after Mayweather returned in 2009 from a brief retirement,” he said. He also pointed out that the same panel voted for Pacquiao as the top pound-for-pound fighter from October 2009 to April 2010.

Below is the List of Yahoo's list of Top 10 Pound 4 Pound boxers:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Points: 317 (20 of 33 first-place votes)
Record: 41-0 (25 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing:: W12 over No. 9 Shane Mosley on May 1
Previous ranking:: 2
Up next: Perhaps late fall bout against No. 2 Manny Pacquiao
Analysis: Showed complete game in convincing win over Mosley.

2. Manny Pacquiao
Points: 310 (13 of 33 first-place votes)
Record: 51-3-2 (38 KOs)
Title: WBO welterweight champion
Last outing:: W12 over Joshua Clottey on March 13
Previous ranking:: 1
Up next: Perhaps late fall bout vs. No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Analysis:Newly elected Filipino congressman may fight three more times.

3. Paul Williams
Points: 234
Record: 39-1 (27 KOs)
Title: None
Last outing:: TD4 over Kermit Cintron on May 8
Previous ranking:: 4
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis:Didn’t help cause for fight with Mayweather or Pacquiao with lackluster performance.

4. Juan Manuel Marquez
Points: 159
Record: 50-5-1 (37 KOs)
Title: WBA, WBO lightweight champion
Last outing:: L12 to No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 19
Previous ranking:: 5
Up next: Vs. Juan Diaz on July 31 in Las Vegas
Analysis: Needs big win to reinvigorate his career.

5. Chad Dawson
Points: 156
Record: 28-0 (17 KOs)
Title: Interim WBC light heavyweight champion
Last outing:: W12 over Glen Johnson on Nov. 7
Previous ranking:: 6
Up next: Vs. Jean Pascal on Aug. 14 in Montreal
Analysis: Hasn’t faced fighter younger than 39 in more than two years.

6. Sergio Martinez
Points: 137
Record: 45-2-2 (24 KOs)
Title: WBC, WBO middleweight champion
Last outing:: W12 Kelly Pavlik on April 17
Previous ranking:: 8
Up next: May be in mix for bout against No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Analysis: Skilled boxer and entertaining fighter.

7. Wladimir Klitschko
Points: 92
Record: 54-3 (48 KOs)
Title: IBF, WBO heavyweight champion
Last outing:: TKO12 over Eddie Chambers on March 20
Previous ranking:: 7
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis: In talks for bout with WBA champion David Haye.

8. Timothy Bradley
Points: 70
Record: 25-0 (11 KOs)
Title: WBO super lightweight champion
Last outing:: W12 Lamont Peterson on Dec. 12
Previous ranking:: 10
Up next: July 17 vs. TBA in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Analysis: Solid all-around fighter in a tough division.

9. Shane Mosley

Points: 51
Record: 46-6 (39 KOs)
Title: WBA welterweight champion
Last outing:: L12 to No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 1
Previous ranking:: 3
Up next: Nothing scheduled
Analysis: Looked all of his 38 years vs. Mayweather.

10. Juan Manuel Lopez
Points: 47
Record: 28-0 (25 KOs)
Title: WBO featherweight champion
Last outing:: TKO7 over Steven Luevano on Jan. 23
Previous ranking:: NR
Up next: vs. Bernabe Concepcion on July 10 in Puerto Rico
Analysis:Eyeing showdown with WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

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